New members elected to SOPHE’s 2024-2025 Board of Trustees

Washington, D.C. – The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) congratulates seven members elected to the SOPHE 2024-2025 Board of Trustees.

The new board members will be inducted and begin their terms of office on March 20, 2024 during the SOPHE 2024 Annual Conference all-member business meeting (12-1 pm ET). Along with other volunteer leaders, the Board of Trustees comprise SOPHE’s governing body.

“I look forward to welcoming in this new group and working together to keep SOPHE on the forefront of supporting leaders in health education,” says SOPHE President Raffy R. Luquis, PhD, MCHES®. “It is always important to have new voices and perspectives when working in any team environment, and this group’s contributions will be fantastic.”

The full list of new board members and positions:


Heidi Hancher-Rauch, PhD, MCHES®, Professor & Director, Public Health Program, University of Indianapolis


Alexis Blavos, PhD, MCHES®, Professor, Health Department, SUNY Cortland

Trustee, At-Large

Jodi Brookins-Fisher, PhD, FESG, MCHES®, Professor, Division of Public Health, School of Health Sciences, Central Michigan University

Demetrice “Dee” Jordan, PhD, MPH, Instructor, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Zazai Owens, MEd, MPH(c), Teacher, Detroit Public Schools Community District

Erin Sweeney, PhD, MCHES®, Assistant Professor, Health and Physical Education, University of Nebraska Kearney

Trustee, Student

Kendall Smith, Student, University of Alabama

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